What a shambles September 15th turned out to be! After travelling 4 and a half hours to Ranakpur, (should have taken an hour but Deepak had to stop to smoke every 5 mins!!) we arrived into Ranakpur which was in a forest somewhere. For the first time in ages the air smelled quite clean and fresh!!!! Got to the Ranakpur Hill resort hotel and shown to our rooms which were amazing! Apparently we had been upgraded to the deluxe suite and oh my god it was gorgeous. The shower in itsef is worth writing about......there were 2 main jets plus 6 smaller jets, someone even had to come and show us how it worked!! i was so looking forward to that shower! 5 mins later, after Nicola's bag EXPLODED everywhere, we headed out for lunch, just as the manager came to tell us that we were in the WRONG hotel!!! To top it off, Deepak had vanished somewhere, so we had to walk the "500m" to our hotel, which in English terms was about a mile!!!! The Roopam hotel (i use the term hotel loosely!) where we were meant to be staying was horrendous. Thats all i'm going to say about it.
16 - 20th September - Udaipur here we come!
I love it here, its been a fab 4 days. We found the Lotus cafe at long last, where we spent the evening with Carrie and Kya, 2 girls we met when we did the camel trek. The food was awesome and so was the special lassi!!
We visited the City Palace and generally just been chilling out here. NOt much to do, but many cafes and shops to enjoy. In particular Cafe Namaste is awesome, the bakery is amazing! SO much for losing weight over here!!
One evening we spent in a restaurant eating dinner and watching Octop**** which was filmed here in Udaipur. Very cheesy bond movie!
Only a minor thing an quite sad thing but i have to tell everyone, i found some marmite!! Now i realise that this may seem trivial to you all but when you've eaten bread and jam for breakfast every day for 3 weeks and that looks set to continue, i just had to do something!!
Today is our last day in Udaipur unfortunately and what a day its been. If anyone wants to send a parcel back home to the UK then beware, your in for a long exhausting battle at the post office! The parcel has to be wrapped in cloth, stitched together, and then sealed with wax, now i know India is stuck in the 90's but seriously today we felt like we were back in the olden days!! THEN we had the trauma of going to the post office, where everything had stopped for lunch, so we positioned ourselves in the queue prepared to wait and battle it out with the locals who have no idea what a queue is. The number of times people tried to push in front was unbelieveable, but we stood our ground and told them to get to the back of the queue (which was invisible to everyone but us!!!). Finally our parcel is on its way to the UK, it may arrive or it may not, who knows!!
Off on an epic 18 hour journey to Mumbai tonight! I wonder what that has in store for us!!
I'l be in touch soon